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Ford Mustang Cobra by pfe15066


									                             Ford Mustang Cobra

Reviewer: Mark Borlace – RAA
Date: July 2001

Things we liked                                          Things we didn’t like
Engine power                                             Heavy clutch operation

240 kW @ 6,000 rpm
430 Nm @ 4,750 rpm
Power to weight
6.48 kg/kW
Price as tested
Fuel Consumption
14.6 l/ 100km

Looking for a cure to your mid life crisis? Pine for the nostalgic rumble of a big
V8 then the Mustang Cobra is your car.

But that is where the romance stops.

The original Mustang was made famous in the „70‟s movie “Bullit” and
unfortunately the new model feels like it still technology from that era.

The nostalgic Mustang styling lines are evident in the bodywork but it is not a
big car like the original.

The car is relatively narrow and so are the front seats. Also the low roofline of
the coupe, which is the version that we tested, made it hard to get in and out
the car.

On a sunny day you wont have this problem if you are willing to pay $89,000
for the convertible model.

The clutch pedal is one of the hardest to push that we have experienced for
sometime and when disengaging the clutch our knees would contact the
underside of the dash on the way through.

The Mustang is not available with an automatic transmission so you will have
to get use to the clutch.

Ford imports the Mustang Cobras from the United States. The Cobra is the
top of the range in the U.S. and is the only model offered in Australia.
It comes to Australia as a left hand drive vehicle and the vehicle is dismantled
from the front bumper back to the rear seats and re- built to become a right
hand drive.

All this work is done for Ford in the Tickford factory in Victoria Australia.

The vehicle is a 4 seater but really only comfortably accommodates two adults
and two children as the rear seats do not have much legroom.

Even with a price tag of $85,000 you do not get climate control. Instead you
have an ordinary air conditioner that is a bit like the shower taps in your old
auntie‟s house. A quarter of turn of the tap and there is no temperature
change, a couple of millimeters more and you roast.

There is a heap of power under your foot from the 4.6 litre V8 and when
driving it on wet Adelaide Hills roads we had to be very gentle with the power
to keep traction. Even with the traction control turned on there was some
slippage if there was any sort of vigorous acceleration.

For the purists the exhaust note from the V8 is something that could be
reproduced on CD‟s and sold as a best seller.


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